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there is any excuse for it. >> defense secretary gates endorses the petraeus warning about the risk to u.s. forces as does general odierno. >> i'm worried it will turn into violence against our troops in iraq, afghanistan, and other places as well. >> and the man at the center of the hateful exercise -- >> we have no intention of counseling. >> the counterballots, the memphis congregation which has loaned its church to worshipers building an islamic center, literally next door. our special guests in their first joint interview, pastor steve stone and center chairman dr. bashar shallah. presidential punch. >> if we're going to give tax breaks to companies they should go to companies that create jobs here in america, not that create jobs overseas. that's one difference between the republican vision and the democratic vision. that's what this election is all about. >> all politics is local. also, a lot of stupidity is local. a would-be republican congressman from ohio insists, hands off states civil rights. >> we need to get the federal government out of the way and allow our local government
of the u.s. government, the pastor here says he is not backing down. on the anniversary of september 11, he plans to take the islamic holy book and burn it. burn the koran. pastor terry jones says he has more than 200 coran and he claims a message from god to pile them up and burn them saturday. >> it is by no means a stunt. we have thought this out. we have prayed this through. we believe that this type of message is right now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> reporter: the church's associate pastor -- >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: says he's now armed after hundreds of e-mails flooded the church's in box. messages like, swear by almighty god, i will slay the church pastor terry jones in front of the church door. the center sits outside a cow pasture in gainesville, florida. the congregation here numbers less than 50. while this afternoon their leader said he is undeterred -- >> we have no intention of cancelling. >> reporter: -- pastor jones admits he's never read the koran but takes no responsibility if burning it leads to an attack on a u.s. so
the shark. the man who wrote the notorious sitcom in u.s. history, or episode i should say, defends what he did with the fawns. maybe she's right. the show starts right now. well, apparently the president thinks if we keep printing money we don't have, ignore the ongoing extraction that's plaguing our country, eventually the economy will turn around. forget fixing the system that keeps all the capital with the select few who gamble it or incentivize those with capital to take it out of the country? why would you do that? call it free trade. the president's latest proposal, i should say, a spending tree of $50 on new infrastructure spending. now that we don't need the infrastructure, it's interesting to spend the money we don't have while you leave a giant hole in the bucket seeping out of the country. the president's plan to rebuild 150,000 miles of roads, 4,000 miles of rail line. critics lining up calling the president's plan an ineffective one that will plunge us further into debt. of course, the republicans no more ready to address our real problems, just happy to take the job of screwi
: they haven't called yet. jenna: you've got to get on that. thank you for joining us everybody. jon: "america live" starts right now. megyn: we are learning about a new possible federal policy change, yet another one on illegal immigration. one that looks like it asks police officers to give some illegal immigrants a free pass. that's where we begin "america live." hi, everybody i'm megyn kelly. megyn: this has been an evolving thing we've been watching closely. here is how the latest policy change would work. if police pulled someone over for a traffic stop and discovered they are in the country illega illegally the poe would be forced to let that person go without calling federal agents, unless that individual is already a convicted felon. critics, not surprisingly, are already blasting the proposal. trace gallagher has the details live from our west coast newsroom. trace, here we go again. >> reporter: hey, megyn, the reason the critics are blasting this proposal is because if it is in fact adopted it would amount to a catch and release program. just so we all know what we are talking abou
was overseas. he wanted to be in the united states to do it. now, the name that he is use, cordoba house he explains in his "new york times" op-ed, it was inspired by the city in spain where muslims, christians and jews coexisted in the middle ages during a period of great cultural enrichment created by muslims. and, of course, there is nothing in this entire discussion that is free of controversy, even that statement is challenged by some people to say things weren't as good in cordoba, spain in the 1500s and 1400s, as this imam would have you believe. but you're going to hear it from him, himself, tonight on "larry king live." soledad o'brien will be interviewing him for the first time on television tonight. deborah feyerick, as well, has been following this story with great detail. if we want to know more about who this man is, how and why he got to the center of this controversy, you can hear it best from deborah. listen to this. >> reporter: you have never heard him speak. this is what imam abdul rauf has to say. >> the major theme in islam is the oneness of god. and that we should wor
's begin with christiane amanpour. tell us what happened. >> reporter: well, diane, i just spent the last several hours with imam feisal abdul rauf of the islamic center here in manhattan. i was interviewing him when pastor jones made that statement from florida. and, he shook his head in bewilderment and gave a statement to me in which he said, "i am glad that pastor jones has decided not to burn any korans. however, i have not spoken with pastor jones or imam musri. i am surprised by their announcement. we are not going to toy with our religion or any other. nor are we here to barter." and the imam went on to tell me that this whole issue is so sensitive because he really has to take care of sensitivities here in the united states and abroad. >> well, it was incredible you were there with the imam for this whole roller coaster. stand by.xd we want to hear about your interview today. but we do want to go for the latest strange event in this strange story to matt gutman, in gainesville, florida, where pastor jones and his small group of followers first gained attention. matt? >> reporter:
some folks who were there and experiencing it. woody baker kohn joining us from the american red cross along with adam broadway who saw the explosion as it happened. good to have you with us. woody, if you could, give us an idea at this point, what are the immediate needs for folks in the area? >> well, those that got out of the area, the fire department and police department were quick in getting people out. we then assessed anybody that had injuries that needed treatment. people that were maybe missing life-sustaining medications, things of that nature. and then we quickly set up a couple of shelters to house people overnight, brought in some mental health professionals as well as some nursing staff to help with the medical needs and so forth. so, we've now got them in shelters. many of them had places to go of their own, friends and family. >> luckily. it's amazing, considering the time of day, just around dinner time, with flames that were hot enough to crack the windshields of a fire truck. amazing there wasn't more damage, that we're not hearing about more injuries and deaths. ad
about most, the u.s. economy. he again accused republicans of standing in the way. >> we don't have time for anymore games. i understand there's an election coming up. but the american people didn't send us here to just think about our jobs, they sent us here to think about theirs. they sent us here to think about their lives and their children's lives and to be responsible. and to be serious about the challenges we face as a nation. that's what members of both parties have now done with this small business jobs bill. and i hope we can work together to do the same thing on middle class tax relief in the weeks to come. >> let's bring in our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan, the president, he came out, very forceful, saying, yes, there may be a deal on some tax breaks for businesses, small businesses, but there's a big battle brewing over tax rates overall for the american public? >> that's right, this is nothing new that we heard today in that sense because over the past couple of weeks, this is what the white house has been pushing very hard on and they have been going after re
be moved? the pastor joins us with his take. >>> coming home. iran agrees to release one of the american hikers, now facing a serious cancer scare. what it means for the other two hikers still hoping to come home. >>> and music superstars take broadway. the stars of u2 sput their spin on "spider-man." one of the most-anticipated musicals ever. we'll talk to bono and the edge and get a look at the show everyone is talking about. >>> and good morning, everyone. george, i just can't imagine, just as families were sitting down to dinner, that explosion hit in that suburb, about 6:30. and police say a gas line erupted into a massive fireball that shot 1,000 feet into the air. leaving a giant crater smackdab in the middle of the neighborhood. >> eyewitnesss a quarter-mile away say they felt it. and residents in the neighborhood, said there had been concerned about the gas for some time. >>> but there's a lot of confusion and frustration this morning about what is going on with that florida pastor who had threatened to burn the koran tomorrow on the anniversary of 9/11. had a dramatic press con
" for now. thanks for being with us. countdown with keith olbermann starts now. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? going out with a whim per, not a burn. the threat of the burning of the koran equates with afghanistan. the president hits several high notes. >> part of my concern is to make sure we don't start having a whole bunch of folks all across the country think this is the way to get attention. >> blowing the whistle on the gop's perpetual stall on every remedy, on every reform, on every relief. retiring republican ohio senator george voinovich will back obama's small business proposals. we don't have time for messaging, we don't have time anymore. this country is really hurting. >> what i've got is the republicans holding middle class tax relief hostage because they're insisting we've got to give tax relief to millionaires and billionaires. >> don't ask, don't tell, unconstitutional because of a lawsuit filed by republicans. the form of irony, but still a hoot. our guest, lieutenant dan choy. worse, suspected from school because his eyes were bloodshot, o
us with more. >>> the first sign of hope from iran that at least one of those young american hikers might be freed after a year in a tehran jail. >>> and today i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. >>> the fbi just met with pastor terry jones, but despite widespread condemnation, worldwide condemnation and condemnation from the white house, the u.s. military, the state department, there is no sign yet that he is backing down from his plan to burn 200 copies of the holy koran. >> our burning of the koran is to call the attention that something is wrong. something is wrong. it is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up, confront terrorism. there is something very much wrong with our policies. >> nbc's kerry sanders is live outside the dove world outreach center in gainesville, florida. kerry, pastor jones told you this is not a stunt. and now we have the president saying it is. what's the reaction in gainesville as all of this is approaching? >> well, outside of this pasteur here, we're right next to a cow pasteur, outside the community there is a fair amount of anger
on a number of issue, first and foremost, the u.s. economy. the president hoping for the best, but bracing for the wor worst. >> reporter: president obama conceded the painfully slow economy may cost the democrats in november. >> for the all the progress we've made, we're not there yet. that means the people are frustrated and angry. >> it was his first formal news conference since may and likely the last before voters go to the polls this fall. >> and since i'm the president, and democrats have controlled the house and the senate, it's understandable that people are saying, you know, what have you done. >> reporter: party chairman michael steele was asking what the first thing the republicans might do if they win the house and senate. >> cutting the burdens due to taxes that are pushing down the ability of small businesses to grow, cutting down the spending of this administration. >> reporter: mr. obama defended his plan to let the bush administration tax cuts expire for people making more than $250,000 a year, which republican senator mitch mcconnell said would be quote, raising taxes
the coast from us here in california. it was dinner time last night, about 6:15 in san bruno, california, the routine of a normal thursday in the neighborhood was shattered by an explosion so loud it was heard for miles. then came the geyser of flames shooting 300 feet in the air and then the noise. people near the blast zone understandably thought it was an earthquake, a nuclear explosion, perhaps a plane had gone down. turned out to be a natural gas line exploding and a fire that wasn't brought under control until just this afternoon. san bruno is a city of abo 30,000 people, give or take, just south of san francisco, just west of that city's airport, sfo. federal investigators have converged on the neighborhood where the gas main blew up. we begin our broadcast tonight from the scene. our own kristen welker and miguel almaguer are there for us. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the blast has already been called a state of emergency. this city reeling from an explosion so powerful it claimed lives and forever charred the landscape here. as day broke in a neighborhood not
. the warnings flew in from afghanistan, where the u.s. commander told our martha raddatz that while he supports first amendment rights, this -- >> could nonetheless endanger the lives of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of follow citizens who are deployed around the world. >> reporter: where there was fiery reaction. in pakistan, they burned flags, and effigies of pastor jones. across the border in afghanistan, more flag burns and protesters chanted "death to the christians." insurgents there are circulating leaflets calling on muslims to raise your voices and fight together. iraq's president warned the burning would encourage more violence. and to hend that off, even donald trump stepped in to buy stake in the islamic cultural center. but late tonight there is great uncertainty about what was promised and who is to be believed. and diane, there is yet another twist here. just a few moments ago, pastor jones came out here, telling us he'd be lied to. that he was guaranteed the cultural center would be moved. that appears not to be the case. and so this controversy will continue. diane?
for being with us. tropical storm hermine has broken up. but it is not done wreaking havoc. >> hermine's latest chaos, tornadoes around dallas. funnel clouds landed into buildings and power lines, casting off debris and electrical sparks. >> the rain moving s moving in a northeasterly direction, toward illinois. and it will continue to clobber the area with heavy flash flooding. brad wheelis has details. >> reporter: the water rose so quickly, emergency responders used whatever means necessary to get to people in need. >> i'm so thankful they were here to save us. my boyfriend told me to get on the roof. and i did. they put me in the vest and got me across. >> reporter: residents were trapped on roofs and balconies after flash floods turned roads into rivers. the remnants of tropical storm hermine, drenched dallas austin and san antonio. 10 to 20 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. >> it's been very hard for the people that live here. and very scary for the family. >> reporter: cars were barely visible above the water. homes were islands. schools were evacuated. even p
'm harry smith. >> i'm erica hill. good to have you with us this morning. a lot to get to this morning, including some fascinating, exclusive interviews. the woman from arizona, derri velarde, is here in the studio with us this morning. she'll join us live to tell her story. >>> also this morning, the big headline, piers morgan gets larry king's job. people have seen him on a talent show, but people across america say, who is this guy? matt holden, our good pal, they're very good friends. we have an exclusive with amanda and piers and she'll tell us about the guy. interesting newspaper bag ground. he may actually have the right feet to fill those shoes. >> oh, looking forward to that. >>> first, we want to begin with the latest on that deadly flooding in texas where the aftermath of tropical storm hermine spawned a series of tornadoes and dumped up to 8 inches of rain. robbie owens of our affiliate ktvt is with us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. on the heel of hermine a series of tornadoes ripped through the area, leaving behind damage like this and capping a day
. thanks for joining us. 9/11 nine years vilater. here is the view in new york city right now at this moment. the familiar tribute in light snell synonymous with ground zero, symbolizing the fall in towers of the world trade center and serving as a silent reminder of the nearlypeople who died in the terror attacks. earlier in new york at the pentagon and at a quiet field in pennsylvania, solemn ceremonies marked the moments when hijackers took control of four airliners and took aim at american's political and financial capitals. the nation has changed in many ways since then. some of the change is obvious. others more so. we start with this morning's gathering of families and loved ones in manhattan, clutching photos and fighting back tears. newyork fell silent at 8:46 a.m. and again at 9:03, the moments when two jets crashed into the twin towers. acre moment reminiscent of the one that dawned nine use ago. the area remembers a construction senite full of equipment and full of grand plans for a fitting memorial. >> leeann @ lehr. >> daniel thomas awfully tough. >> what has a b
to kill us. that's after the hate e-mails pored into them. and folks who say the flight 93 memorial in pennsylvania resembles the islamic crescent. the outrage. the justice department currently investigating anti muslim incidents in at least five u.s. cities. whether it's muslims, blacks, gay people, jews, you pick it. history shows when americans or any group of people are down on their luck, they tend to lash out with violence. they tend to try to find the boogeyman the least like they are to blame for it. politicians happy to help. take a look at unimemployment over the last 40 years in the country. now look at the same graph with a crime rate plotted. when unemployment goes up, so too do things like crime or, for that matter, social hate. now experts are in fear 2010 is preparing to show a speak needily following the one we saw following 9/11 in 2001. disenfranchisement with both political parties. they are crushing the country for your benefit by controlling your government. why do americans pick innocent scapegoats, random muslims of the world for their anger, instead of rejec
. >> anyone who does care about childhood obesity should join us for the bipartisan next thursday in washington. >> that's on the ball. >> mika? >> i'm going to be there. >> thank you. >> have a great weekend. what time is it? >> "morning joe." "the daily rundown" starts now. >>> this is a recruitful bonanza for al qaeda. >> the pressure building. the president weighs in on that florida pastor's plan to burn the koran. >>> 54 days before the critical midterm elections. why's the chairman of the republican party in guam? >>> get this. football great tom brady involved in what's described as a serious car accident in boston this morning. >>> it's thursday, september 9th, 2010. i'm chuck todd. savannah guthrie is on assignment. brady's accident occurred hours ago. but first, let's get to the rundown. >>> president obama came out swinging in cleveland defending the presidency and ramping up criticism of the man who would be speaker and potentially his chief adder is vary john boehner. athna jones on duty for us at the white house this morning. so, trying to find somebody to run agains
. good evening. thanks for joining us. 9/11, nine yearshe later. here's the view in, new york city, the familiar tribute in lights synonymous with ground zero symbolizing the two fallen towers of the with world trade center and a reminder of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terror attacks. earlier at the pentag and at a quiet field in shanksville, pennsylvania, ceremonies marked the moments when airliners took control and took aim at thefi financial capitals. the nation has changed some ways and some is obvious and some motre subtle. we start with the gatherings, clutching photos and fighting back tears. new york fell silent at 8:46 and again at 9:03, the moment when is two jets crashed into the twin towers. reminiscent of the morning that dawned nine years ago. the area is say construction site full o f equipment and grand plans for a fittingem . >> daniel thomas -- >> what has become an annual custom, the names of the 2,752 people who died at the world trade center site were read allowed and their loved ones mourn and remembered. president barack obama traveled to the pent
and burn him. pastor jones said he is the who is offended. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community center that will be multifaith with separate prayer room for muslims, christians, jews and other faces. he is planning a multifaith memorial for the victims of 9/11 and insists he is sympathetic to the families. let us commemorate of anniversary of 9/11 by pausing to reflect and meditate and tone down the rhetoric that serves to strengthen the radicles and weaken beliefs and our values. moderate muslim americans say the protests and the threatened koran burning signal a growing intoleranc
to the town. describe to us what you have seen. >> people really are here with hair on their arms burned off and intense wall of heat. everyone was running for their cars and out in the streets to get a source for the fire that quickly spread. it was difficult to outrun and many people jumped in their cars and barely made it out in the nick of time. no one has been able to go back into the blast zone and everyone is unsure who made it out, who didn't make it out. there really is a bunch of confusion. folks are trying to look for answers and they are hoping to get that at the press conference that should start in a few minutes. >> miguel, thank you so much. we want to let people know we will take that news conference live when it happens. >>> florida pastor terry jones has issued a new ultimatum and the clock is ticking, literally. the man at the center of the new york mosque controversy, imam feisal was told to call them and let them know whether or not the proposed cultural center will be moved further from ground zero. here's what had he to say. >> it's crystal clear. it's 1:20 right now a
on over an hour. the term wide ranging is going to be used a lot. >> how about long-winded. >> we had a ton of topics, the first focused on the economy, one or two on the pastor, and more on the growing phobia with islam around the country. i would say he was most passionate at the end when he made a case for the right and religious freedom and for the rights of muslim americans to have the same rights as everyone else in the country. the passion he showed there was probably greater than he answered on any other question. frankly it's interesting. he mixed it. it was passionate and mixed in with patriotism in a way even some of his critics on this issue will say it was a very eloquent answer to say the least. >> in contrast to that, let's see what his passion, quote, unquote, was, when talking about stimulus and job growth. let's watch. if you want the same kind of skewed policies that led us to this crisis, republicans are ready to offer those. if you want policies that are moving us out, even though you're frustrated, change isn't happening as fast as you would like, then i think de
next to us and then ours was third to go. >> the area is very steep and rugged. it could take several days to get that fire under control. illegal immigrants who cannot get into the u.s. by land coming by sea? authorities just arrested 20 mexicans at san clemente state beach in originange county, california. one woman broke her leg jumping from the boat. meanwhile, the daredevil known as skyscraper man is at it again. dan goodwin climbed up the 58-story millennium tower using suction cups. >> crazy. >> some residents even toasted his climb as they watched him through the windows of their luxury apartments? it's great entertainment really. he was arrested after he reached the top. he calls himself spider dan appropriately raising awareness of the vulnerability of skyscrapers to terror attacks. > >> thing is you get tired of waiting for the elevators with suction cups and then at the last minute will come down. >> meanwhile, president obama detailing his latest idea to jump-start the economy and create jobs with a $50 billion infrastructure spending free and tomorrow the president will
. they are out there putting their lines on the line for us. we have to make sure that we are crystal clear for our sakes and their sakes, they are americans. we honor their service. and part of honoring their service is making sure they understand that we don't differentiate between them and us. it is just us. >> david, he could have shyed away or given shorter answers knowing there is an election 53 days away and this is quick sand perhaps and he was passionate about the issues remembering that he is president well past that election in 53 days. >> john, he seemed to resolve whatever internal doubts he may have had about this issue and come out four square and spoke from the heart and from his soul on this. i do think that he deserved points for courage given the polls and how upset many americans are. i think that he gave what is one of the best arguments that i have heard for placing the mosque here. what surprised me as well is that i thought that given what the imam's conversation with cnn a couple of nights ago in which he said, look, if i had known what i know now, i would not have
/11. this despite condemnation from the obama administration and the top u.s. general in afghanistanl in afghanistan. we have more from carrey. good morning to you. >> reporter: this church has at most 50 members, but the pastors say his actions speak for more than his worshippers and he is not going to be deterred. he is pushing forward with the plans to burn the islamic holy book, the koran. more than 7600 miles away from afghanistan, it took only a few clicks to find terry jones's likeness and burn him. pastor jones said he is the who is offended. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community cente
is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread flash flooding throughou
this battle is costing the u.s. economy tons of money. >>> plus, you know rick sanchez as the outspoken host of cnn's "rick's list" but did you know he was once an impoverished refugee? i've read his book, we'll talk about it live. >>> and an electric car that goes 307 miles an hour. i know you're not interested in going that fast on the highway any time soon. but the technology behind the buckeye bullet could help build our future cars. i'll talk about that, as well. >>> but first, defending religious freedom in this country continues to be a hot issue. there is an emergency meeting under way right now in d.c. an interfaith meeting. it is a meeting to talk about this growing islamaphobia in this country. we're bringing you that in a moment. but i want to bring you back to why this is an issue. and it all goes back to the proposed construction of a mosque and islamic center near ground zero. this is the property that's being looked at. it's called park 51. that's the project. it was an old burlington coat factory. we talk about it as being -- or some people talk about it as being at ground z
to the two other americans still jailed there? this morning, their mothers join us for a live interview. >>> and zapping the fat. two new devices promise to help give people better-looking bodies without needles, injections, or exercise. can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, september 15th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. christine o'donnell virtually unknown just a few weeks ago, but this morning she's officially the gop's candidate for the senate seat vacated by joe biden. >> o'donnell is now the sixth tea party candidate to win a race this year. but this morning, some are saying her win could actually be a costly blow to the republican's hopes of reclaiming control of congress in november. why? we'll explain. and we'll talk to christine o'donnell about her victory, straight ahead. >>> also ahead, for the first time, we're hearing from the connecticut doctor who was the o
with no because i'm not. if god told us to do it, then i guess he could tell us to do something different. >> this morning, general ray ordeearno also expressed his concern of american troops if this burning takes place. >> i think there will be some backlash and i think we have seen some already. >> kerry sanders is in florida. this church, if it tries to burn the koran, it would be violating an ordinance, right? >> yes. the city has an ordinance, not related to burning of korans, but just burning anything in your yard. they have a field here and the ordinance is rather specific. it allows, for instance, kids to go camping and have a little camp fire in their yard. but, it has to be twigs and branches. the city police department says that they have interpreted the ordinance that if they were to burn the books that the ink in the koran would be a hazardous material and, so, what they're planning to do is if they decide to come out here and burn the koran as they say they're going to do on the anniversary of 9 /11 the gainesville fire department will be on alert. if they try to spark it, t
at meetings. he was criticized after 9/11 for saying u.s. supported repressive regimes was partly responsible for the attacks. maintained his remarks on "60 minutes" had been taken out of context. rauf supports israel's right to exist but says as a bridge builder he can't condemn radical palestinian group hamas as terrorists. as for the islamic center near ground zero, he says that, too, is about bridges. >> this is also hour expression of the 99.9% of muslims all over the world, including americans, who have condemned and continue to condemn terrorism. this is about our stand as the muslim community, part of this community. >> reporter: right now this moderate muslim cleric finds him self at the eye of a storm. >> imam feisal abdul rauf will answer more questions tonight at 9:00 eastern on layer lay. rauf will talk with soledad o'brien. you won't see it anywhere else. that's tonight at 9:00 eastern. >>> later today, president obama rolls out massive new tax cuts aimed at jump starting the anemic economy at $350 billion. the price tag is staggering and earning comparisons to the stimulus pack
for that news conference to begin. jim, if you would, give us a sense of the scene at this hour? >> reporter: sure, here at the command center for the fire, people are apprehensive for the weather today. yesterday a firefighters called it a gift, cool and humid. today, not so lucky. dry and a real chance winds could pick up later this afternoon. they are trying to make progress and try to contain it before it happens. several subdivisions opening to areas evacuated but not burned. the real heart of the fire, people not allowed back. people are restless but authorities don't want anybody up there until they feel it's safe. >> any word on the unaccounted for and how they will search for them? >> reporter: searching is difficult because people evacuated from the canyons, staying with friends and families, staying in hotels and around the evacuated area. they are optimistic that nobody has actually been hurt and people have gone off with family and haven't checked in but it's going to be difficult. these houses that have burned, it's just the foundation that's left. >> give us a heads up when th
us how we needed to get behind the party. and how we needed to get behind a candidate that was electable. what i really want to do is tell you folks how to work with a candidate and how to get things done. and i said, sir, with all due respect, no one is going to tell us how to take care of business. >> we're not going to do what you say anymore, carl. this morning it was limbaugh's turn to freak out. >> i've never heard karl so animated against a democrat as she was against christine o'donnell last night. talking about christine o'donnell's baggage, where is the criticism of democrats? where has it been? if 51 seats was really the objective, if getting that majority is really that important, then lets go balls to the wall for christine o'donnell. >> happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts. this morning, christine o'donnell swung back at rove and turned to the unsmooth unfactual word to refeuduate the charges. >> everything he's saying is unfactual, and it's a shame because he's the same so-called political guru that predicted i wasn't going to win. and we won a
lie to me. >> that's a hard thing to put together. we're used to dealing in objective facts. how do you get the facts from a guy, pastor jones who won't even say who this man is who he talked to? who is this man who may have tricked him? >> i take it was is the imam from central florida, muhammad musry he was meeting with. but i asked him, like who were you on the phone with? no names. look, doesn't it fit in many ways the way much of this has played out in terms of i had a very long interview with pastor jones and tried to get to some very specifics with him why he wanted to burn the koran. what specifically was in the koran that was most offensive to him. and he hadn't even read the koran. he basically admitted maybe he had looked at a page but primary what he said was there's no mention of jesus christ in the koran as the savior. anybody who understands religions understands that would not be in there in the same way it's not in the tora. i said are you going to start burning the tora, he said no. a lot of this has been very confusing in terms of why he said he was doing this and
>>> go to our blog at cnn.com/amfix. that will wrap it up for us. good of you to join us this morning. we'll see you back here again bright and early tomorrow morning. >> cnn "newsroom" starts right now. >> good morning, guys. we have fascinating pictures and stories for you this hour, including an unwelcomed visitor to dallas. imagine looking out your window and seeing that. and imagine this a pinkie fingertip that cut off and grew back. the woman attached to this hand says that's what happened. and a show like "punked", baghdad style. using death and fear for cheap laughs. it could be one of the most insensitive tv shows ever. i'm kyra phillips. you're live in the cnn "newsroom." >>> i'm just going to say what so many of us are thinking, this small-time florida pastor who is still planning to mark the anniversary of 9/11 with a koran burning is just beyond explanation. his attitude, beyond explanation. however, the subject matter is not. burning the koran is not only the ultimate sign of disrespect to the muslim community in a time when we're involved in two wars, tryin
by crews? were they all in one house or elsewhere? >> police have not given us very many details about what they have found and where they have found it. as you know, there was the epicenter up on the hill about a mile and a half from where we're standing here. there was so much damage csed by the blast, investigators are trying to determine who the dead are. they've certainly identified to us three of the dead. but we know there are seven total. we're also told some six premium miss. it's been three days since the blast and there is still confusio after the blast and today still some uncertainty and a few hours here, we're expecting a news conferenceer t happen right here at this location and potentially ge an update on the number of victims and how many people investigators are still lookingo for. >> let's look for good news here. how about people being able to return to their homes to visit them and retrieve rebelongings? >> there's several hundred people still evacuated. the houses have been labelled in three different categories, green, yellow and red. greens folks will be able to retu
in his church. does it make use feel helpless? angry? >> well, it is frustrating. now, on the other hand, we are a government of laws. and so, we have to abide by those laws. and my understanding is that he can be cited for public burning. but that's the extent of the laws that we have available to us. part of this country's history is people doing destructive or offensive, harmful things. and yet, we still have to make sure that we're following the laws. and that's part of what i love about this country. >> you can see how sobering this is. >> sure. >> to the president. we've had general petraeus, hillary clinton, the president, all speaking out, trying to stop this. and you pointed out earlier, sarah palin, weighing in, as well. >> as often as has been said, just because you have the right to do something, doesn't mean you should do it. and the fbi is concerned about this. >>> let's bring in pierre thomas. he's been talking to the fbi overnight about this. >> reporter: you can add fbi officials to those who think the proposed burning of korans this weekend is provocative and potentiall
is that he can be cited for public burning, but that's the extent of the laws that we have available to us. you know part of this country's history is people doing destructive or offensive, or harmful things and yet we still have to make sure that we're following the laws, and that's part of what i love about this country. >> you can see how sobering this is. >> sure. >> to the president. now we've had general petraeus, hillary clinton, the president, all speak trying to stop this. even as you pointed out earlier sarah palin weighing in, as well. >> as often as has been said, just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you should do it. and the fbi is concerned about this. let's bring in pierre thomas. he's been talking to the fbi overnight about this. >> reporter: robin you can add fbi officials to those who think the proposed burning of korans this weekend is provocative and potentially dangerous. an fbi official is warning that islamic radicals might attack those participating in the koran burning. and that the event may have far-reaching national and i
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